A father pushing his child in a stroller.
A father pushing his child in a stroller. Credit: Christine Olsson/TT

Report calls for two more "daddy months"

3:18 min

A government commissioned report into the parental leave system wants to reserve five months of leave to each parent, to push fathers to take more days off to be with their children.

The report calls for giving each couple 460 days off (20 days fewer than the current system) between them for each child. All of those days, however, would be paid at 80 percent of their previous salary, with the cost covered by taxpayers.

It also proposes that five months are reserved for each parent and the remaining five months can be split among the couple as they see fit.

The first so called "daddy month" was introduced in 1995, when one month was reserved for each parent in the parental leave insurance. This has since gradually increased to the three months that today are not transferable to the other parent.

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